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Old 02-08-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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Electric Can Openers

Hey, I have to survey 25 people for an Engineering class that I'm in about Electric Can openers and how to improve them. So if you use them regularly or even at all it would be much appreciated if you could take 2 minutes to fill out my survey:

Survey is closed.

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Old 02-09-2010, 06:28 AM   #2
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gave up on electrics years ago. one size doesn't fit all, and heavy cans toppled them too often.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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Same here.. and I'm not thrilled about having another gadget on my counter. Nothing beats a 6 buck swing-a-way. It always works.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:55 AM   #4
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OXO hand cranked and a side-cutting hand cranked.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:51 PM   #5
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OXO hand cranked and a side-cutting hand cranked.
I went through 2 Oxo can openers some years ago. The lock on the first one broke, so we took it back and got another. The lock on the second broke too! So we just continued to use it since the opener part still worked great. Eventually the crank froze up. I guess we're hard on can openers in my house. We have a good old swing-w-way now though. I tdon't think they make them like they used to though.

And I wouldn't own an electric one. I think those are pretty much obsolete.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to own an electric can opener unless they had terrible arthritis or something.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #7
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IWe have a good old swing-w-way now though. I tdon't think they make them like they used to though.
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I did a little looking - they make several models and some are heftier than others. I had to buy a replacement last year after I took mine to a pot luck - it disappeared and discovered that there are several models :(

You can see the line here Can Openers from Swing-A-Way
the 407 and 709 are heavier duty than the cheaper 107.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:14 PM   #8
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I can't imagine why anyone would want to own an electric can opener unless they had terrible arthritis or something.
Believe me Jenny, if you had hands like mine that get horrid cramps that you have to use your other hand to straighten them out, you'd use an electric can opener.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:45 PM   #9
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I have a gripe about the new can openers that cut below the edge of the top seal.

While they do open a can without leaving sharp edges they also complicate the straining of the contents.

The old fashioned type leave a lid sized perfectly for straining the liquids off.

I simply open the can and press the top into the contents to strain off liquid into the sink or into a container if liquids are to be reserved.

With the new CAs I have to reach for a strainer and wash it later.

IMO sometimes new is definitely not improved.

Mom has both a! newfangled and old style CA but when I cook for her at her home I stick with old style.

The new style is bretter for her because at 85 its much easier with her arthritis.

What say you?
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:02 PM   #10
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I have a can opener that I have had for at least 30 years. It's a Black and Decker. We even moved it from the last house to this one 16 years ago. It is an under the counter one. I guess they made things better back then. I hope it never breaks!
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